Question: What's the latest on Aisha Tyler staying/leaving Ghost Whisperer?
Answer: The latest is it's not looking good. Producers are bringing in a new confidante for Jennifer Love Hewitt, and word has it The Practice's Camryn Manheim has the inside track.
Question: I thoroughly enjoy your column, and most times I even agree with you. But can you please explain to me what happened to Ghost Whisperer? I love the show and never miss an episode, but it's getting to be too much like Tru Calling now — moving to the good-vs.-evil battle. There are always souls to help cross over without having to go in that direction. I'm also appalled that they "killed off" Melinda's antique-store partner, Andrea! What were they thinking?
Answer: I haven't really kept up with this show, but according to Ask Ausiello, just because Andrea (Aisha Tyler) is dead, that doesn't mean that's the last you'll see or hear of her. This is, after all, Ghost Whisperer. As for the darker direction the show may be taking, I imagine the producers are trying to vary the tone so it doesn't always come off so much like Touched by a Medium. Overarching conflicts and intrigues help fuel a show for the long run. But I would be surprised if it got too dark. Look what happened to Joan
Question: Is Aisha Tyler off Ghost Whisperer? Her character, Andrea, died in the finale!
Answer: Exec producer Ian Sander says, "If you think you know what's happening next season — think again. With Ghost Whisperer, the possibilities are endless." Aisha's personal publicist, meanwhile, assures me that her client has not been fired. "It's the nature of the show to be mysterious and deal with unique viewpoints," says the rep. "And obviously, it deals with spiritual issues. It may appear one way, but it may or may not be the case." Sounds like Ghost Whisperer may be veering into Touched by an Angel territory next year.
Question: I'm new here and I like Smurfs, so be gentle: Any information on Ghost Whisperer?
Answer: Hey, there's no shame in liking Ghost Whisperer. The shame would be in watching it live every Friday night instead of FauxVoing it and going out. That would be really embarrassing. In any event, there's tons happening in the April 7 episode, beginning with the arrival of Duane Martin (All of Us) as a love interest for Aisha Tyler's Andrea. He plays a high-school teacher who dabbles in spoken-word poetry. Also, Jennifer Love Hewitt's TV mom, Anne Archer, returns when Melinda takes a spill and winds up in a coma. When she comes to, she discovers that she can no longer see dead people and fears that she has lost the gift forever.
Thank goodness Aisha Tyler is on this show. She voices all of the things that I'm thinking at home. Like, when a dead man is haunting his fiancée, she actually pipes in with "That's so... creepy." Yeah, tell me about it. And then she was able to help out with the monetary woes that J.Love's little antique shop was suffering. I just knew that place couldn't be raking in big bucks. But she didn't comment on the fact that the subplot of tonight's episode seemed like it had been lifted from that movie Return to Me. Basically the health-nut ghost was an organ donor and his heart had been given to the wacky guy from Boston Public. But the new heart comes with a bit of sense memory, so when Melinda "I see dead people" Gordon decides to meddle, she fixes up the old heart/new guy with the living girlfriend who hasn't been able to move on. A bit on the cheesy side, but they go and weird up the whole story at the end with a strange cackling ghost who seems to
Aisha Tyler is everywhere — and we're impressed. The former Talk Soup host turned a very memorable guest spot on Nip/Tuck into starring roles on two of prime time's smartest shows. Here's how this sexy multitasker pulled it off...TV Guide Online: You've played a paleontologist on Friends, a DNA specialist on CSI and now a data analyst on 24. Have you got a thing for lab coats?
Someone asked me the other day, "Are you being typecast as a scientist?" And I was like, "Am I going to complain about being typecast as smart? I don't think so."
TVGO: How did you end up on both CSI and 24?
Tyler: I did a very intense episode of Nip/Tuck [last] spring. I played a Somali model who was a victim of female genital mutilation. A lot of people saw that, and I got calls from four dramas within a week.
We think the "A" in Type-A Personality must stand for Aisha Tyler. The former Talk Soup hostess and Friends guest star is one very busy lady. Consider this: She made a triumphant turn in last night's Nip/Tuck. Her comedy book Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl recently debuted to glowing reviews. She's also scripting a female buddy-cop film for John Woo, voicing a lioness in Disney's upcoming animated movie, The Wild, and touring her stand-up act nationwide this summer. (Phew! We're tired just listing all that.) Still, her career's not all huge successes.
Recently, CBS opted not to pick up My Life, Inc., her sitcom star vehicle produced by Lisa Kudrow. During Tyler's Friends stint as Charlie, she and Kudrow "talked politics on the set and hit it off." Turns out, they also share the same agent. So that started the gal pals down the
Warning: This Insider discusses a sensitive subject that may not be for squeamish readers: On tonight's Nip/Tuck (10 pm/ET on FX), Friends' Aisha Tyler plays Manya Mabika, a stunning Somalian model who's been the victim of female genital mutilation. She comes to see the taboo-breaking series' plastic surgeons, imploring them to undo the damage and restore her ability to enjoy physical intimacy. For the socially conscious Tyler, this serves as an opportunity to show off her considerable dramatic acting chops and call attention to an important women's issue.
"It's such an important story to tell," Tyler tells TV Guide Online. "The so-called female circumcision happens to something like 6000 girls a day. Upwards of 150 million women worldwide have undergone this procedure — I shouldn't even call it a 'procedure' because that gives it more weight than it deserves. Many women bleed to death, die of sepsis or shock or have lifelong pain